This Maytag dryer repair will walk you through the steps in repairing your dryer
that won’t run. These are the same steps I take in repairing dryers
professionally. So read each section carefully and your dryer will be repaired
in no time. Maytag made a few different types of dryers after buying out Amana,
Magic Chef and several other companies. On this page I will be discussing the
two most popular styles. Maytag called these styles the Newton and Herrin. There
is no way for you to know what style you have until you start taking it apart.
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The thermal fuse is the most likely cause for the Herrin styles not to run and this is a good do-it-yourself Maytag dryer repair. First, disconnect power from dryer. Then look between the top and the front and you should see two clips; press on them with a screwdriver. If you are working on a Herrin style, this should release the top and allow you to lift the top. If pressing on the clips doesn’t release the top, you are probably working on the Newton style then ignore this section. Once the top is up, you should see the heating element behind the tub. The thermal fuse will be mounted on the heater-can just under the red wires that connect the heater. To check the thermal fuse, first remove the two wires from it. Then using your ohmmeter , check to see if you have continuity between the terminals on the thermal fuse, if not replace the hi-limit. If you do have continuity, the hi-limit is ok. If you find that the thermal fuse is bad check your vent because if the vent is stopped up the thermal fues will go bad. Thermal fuses can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.
The door switch is a common problem with all dryers and it is an easy do-it-yourself Maytag dryer repair. First, disconnect power from dryer. On Herrin styles, the top should come up as described above. Once the top is up you should see the door switch at mounted to the front at the top. On Newton dryers you have to remove the front panel by removing the two screws at the bottom of the front panel or if it’s a newer model use a screwdriver to prize the clips down. This should release the bottom of the panel, then lift the bottom until the top clips release. Once off, you should see the door switch mounted to the front panel. Checking the door switch is the same on both models. First, unplug the wires going to the door switch. Then with the door closed use your ohmmeter to check if you have continuity between the terminals. If you do have continuity, the switch is ok. If you do not have continuity the switch is bad and needs replacing. Door switches can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.
The motor is not a common problem but is a easy do-it-yourself Maytag dryer repair. If your door switch and the hi-limit are ok the motor may be your problem. If when you start your dryer you hear a buzzing noise but it goes away when you release the start switch and the dryer doesn’t run, the motor may be your problem. To check this, first disconnect power from dryer. Then remove the front panel as I described above. Once off, you should see the blower blade and attempt to turn it by hand. If it doesn’t turn, check the blower for obstructions. If there is one remove it and your dryer is fixed. If not, the motor is bad and needs replacing. Motors can be purchased at AppliancePartsPros.com.
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